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My weight loss puzzle [Mar. 24th, 2011|08:23 pm]
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I have been reading some books about getting healthy recently. One is called Lighten Up*. It has 365 tips for getting healthy. I don't read it every day but every couple of weeks, I will pick it up, read, think and work through 20 or so. The tips are structured into 3 categories: motivation and mindset, good food and move more. I have taken to underlining and making notes about the bits that strike a chord with me and I want to share some of them here.

One that I really liked is called 'Solve your own weightloss puzzle'. It talks about how getting healthy and losing weight is different for every person. That something which is not an issue for me might be a struggle for someone else. It groups the puzzle pieces into different areas. There are food related parts of the puzzle: portion size, fat type, binge eating, emotional eating, social eating, alcohol, food variety. And there are activity related parts of the puzzle: incidental exercise, transport, planned activity, frequency, duration, injury, metabolism, fatigue, laziness, muscle mass. And then there are other parts of the puzzle: genetics, stress, medication, disease, age, history, gender, family commitments. (There are about 40 pieces listed in the book, I have just listed some to give you an idea)

I found it really useful to look at what I find easy and what I find hard. An easy one for me is that I don't really drink much alcohol (I have had 3 drinks this year). I don't miss it, I have not banned it but I just don't want it. For me, alcohol is not a problem piece of the puzzle. I struggle with why I eat (social, stress, boredom, emotional). My genetics are against me. I am really bad at incidental exercise and last year I was really doing no exercise at all. I was able to see some areas that I can work on and this made me feel that I have more control. I don't need to worry about all the puzzle pieces, I just need to work on a few to see changes. And it was interesting that not all my problem pieces were food related. There are a few from each group that are an issue.

Looking at this also reminded me that everyone is different and I should not compare myself to another persons' struggles. This is my journy, it is my path. I need to find my own way. And a quote from another tip in the book applies 'Aim for improvement, not perfection'. I am healthier today. I did not have a perfect day food wise. But I am healthier and more aware today then yesterday.

What are some of your problem puzzle pieces? How are you making changes to that issue to build a healthier life?

*Lighten Up (365 Ways to Lose Weight and Feel Great) by Andrew Cate
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Weekly update [Mar. 7th, 2011|07:29 pm]
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x-posted from my blog


Today, officially, I have lost more than 10% of my starting weight.


This was my first little goal and I have reached it and am really thrilled that the changes I have made have worked. And not only have I lost this weight, I am a size smaller and I am fitter and I feel really good.

To celebrate my success today I have done a couple of things. On my morning walk I went up the hill at the back of the suburb. I was able to look over Canberra in the new morning light. All the street lights were still on. The sky was lightening and the pale sunlight was struggling through. I love the view. I love the breadth of the land, I love the Brindabellas (the mountains away to the south). I love that time of morning where there is peace, when the day is full of potential. And I got to be there and think about what I had achieved. And then I chose to wear clothes that fit. Most of my work clothes now are a little baggy and I am not wearing them today. I am wearing clothes that fit well and make me feel good. I am also wearing my pretty bra and knickers set which fit again. My plan was to celebrate my body, feel good in my body.

And so, the stats for this weeks weigh in:
Start weight (3/1/2011) 140.9kg (310 lbs)
Todays weight (7/3/2011) 125.5kg (276 lbs)
Loss this past week 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs)
Total loss 15.4 kg (34 lbs) which is 10.9%

Well, it was another really big loss. I feel a bit silly for not thinking about this but I increased my exercise for this week and decreased my food allocation by a little also this week. Note to self: don't do that again. Every 10kg or so I drop my food allocation just a little - it is equivalent to 1x30g slice of bread or my skim latte at work. So, it is not a big decrease in food. But I also increased my exercise from 3-4 a week to 6-7 a week. In the future, when I change my exercise, I need to keep my food at the same level for a couple of weeks, even if it is at that point when I should be dropping it a little. I wasn't hungry at all last week, I didn't feel deprived and I think that I was probably ok. But for this week I am going to pick up that extra allocation again and keep up the additional exercise to try and slow things down.

I enjoyed the extra walks. I have walking buddies on Tuesday and Thursday and it is good catching up time. In the last week I went walking 6 out of the 7 days. On Saturday I had hoped to go walking to aim for a 7 day consecutive stretch but I got caught up in housework and shopping. I used the housework as an opportunity to move and I did more than I usually do - it was 90 minutes of tidying, sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. Yay for me! And Yay for a clean house :)

I am sure there are challenges this week but I can't think of them. I do know that I am really determined and motivated to keep going and I know that I will meet the challenges and get through them.
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Of me [Mar. 5th, 2011|04:52 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

1. What is your current weight? 322
2. How much are you wanting to lose and by when? Lose 147 by May 2012
3. How long have you been overweight? Since 1984
4. What kind of methods of weight loss have you tried? WW, TOPS, Lowcarb, Meds
5. What has worked as far as diets for you? Meds
6. How old are you? 45
7. Have any good recipes? Not at the moment
8. What are you hoping to get out of this community? Encouragement
9. Do you want to add something? Inspiration
10. What is your Livejournal name? joe_anne2
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weight loss email buddy =D [Feb. 27th, 2011|10:44 pm]
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heyy guys. My name is danielle and i was hopeing tp find a weight lose email buddy who is kinda in the same boat as me. I am 21 and i need to lose about 200 pounds. i just need someone who i can email when i had a good day or bad day. I just need some friends who need me to. If your into that then just post a comment here with ur email and i will get back to u!!
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Quote [Feb. 16th, 2011|05:10 pm]
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I came across this quote yesterday and wanted to share

Losing weight is a science and keeping it off is a psychology and the two are completely different things
- Michelle Bridges (one of the trainers in the Australian version of Biggest Loser)

I am losing weight ok - and I understand the science of it. I consume less energy than I expend, I use more energy in exercising. Body fat is converted to energy to cover the deficit. And I have the tools to monitor and track my food and exercise. And I like science :) It makes sense.

I have no idea how I am going to go about keeping it off. I have to make changes to my thinking. I have to change my coping strategies. I am going to have to learn how to balance food and life. I have no idea how to do these things yet. But I have a lot of weight to lose and I don't need the answers today. I have started thinking about it, though, for down the track :)
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In Case You Were Wondering if I'm Still Alive [Jan. 5th, 2011|04:07 pm]
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Jaydee's "I'm Tired of Being Fat" Diary, January 5th, 4:02 pm.

Current Weight: Probably somewhere around 265.
What I'm Doing Today: Enjoying the manga Loveless by Yun Koga. Working on an erotic fiction piece for a client. Have to be at my 'real' job in a couple hours.

Starting January 1st I joined probably zillions of other Americans in resolving to spend 2011 not being fat anymore. I do it EVERY year. Sometimes it works for a month or two, and then something happens (usually something bad) and I tell myself, "well, it's bad enough that [insert trauma here] is happening to me, do I have to deny myself a 2-lb. bag of Peanut M&Ms too?" and it's all downhill after that. (I used to tell people 'I was on a diet, but I fell off the wagon into a puddle of chocolate.')

in which I ramble about a lot of different things, mostly on topic.Collapse )

Next time: how to steam vegetables, the so-easy-a-Jaydee-could-do-it way. No pots required.

--Jaydee Faire
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10 things [Jan. 4th, 2011|08:53 pm]
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1. What is your current weight? 280 lbs
2. How much are you wanting to lose and by when? 100 by New years eve, 2011
3. How long have you been overweight?I was overweight as a kid and then thinned out in high school.  When I was 21 I hurt my back and gained 114 lbs in 1 year.
4. What kind of methods of weight loss have you tried?  Slimfast, low carb, green tea pills, 6 week total body makeover
5. What has worked as far as diets for you?  Eating 6 small meals a day works best for me.
6. How old are you? 32
7. Have any good recipes? My favorite quick breakfast and some times dessert is 1 pkg of lower sugar oatmeal or just plain heated up with 3/4 cup of frozen blackberries.  Only put in about half the amount of water the recipe calls for because the berries juice will come out while cooking.  Add 1 pack of Splenda to cut tartness, sprinkle with cinnamon.  If you are wanting it creamy you can add a spoonful of low fat regular or Greek vanilla yogurt when done cooking.  You can make this in the microwave.
8. What are you hoping to get out of this community?  Support and advice.
9. Do you want to add something?  Good luck everybody, you can do it.
10. What is your Livejournal name? 52weeks100lbs
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Diet Supplements.. [Dec. 28th, 2010|10:11 pm]
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Is there such thing as a safe diet supplement? I.E; SlimQuick, Alli, Stacker2, Zantrex?
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Healthy & Beautiful [Dec. 26th, 2010|04:30 am]
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[mood |geeky]

Hey gals (and maybe guys) I've been looking through the members page for awhile now and was tempted to join a group that was well, active. At the very least I see there are people who are still posting, yey! I am a new member, so like all, I think I'm just gonna go ahead and fill out the questionnaire.

10 quick questions:
1. What is your current weight? Around 290, this is my HW recorded.
2. How much are you wanting to lose and by when? I don't have a set date on the calendar, i.e. May 20th 2014, I just want to lose the weight and well, I have a lot to lose. I want to say I'd be comfortable at 160, but if I can accomplish that much I might go for less, steadily. I don't think I want to say I'm going to rapidly lose the weight either, I can't race, I know I'll mess myself up if I do. For the sake of the question though I'd like to lose a little over 50+ by the year.
3. How long have you been overweight? It's typical to say all my life, when I fact I wasn't really overweight to begin with. At least not at the numbers I am now. Growing up as a child I was normal, but kids in school didn't make me feel normal. At the end of middle school I remember feeling grossily overweight when I wasn't By Highschool I was 220 which was murder around teens, but friends would confess daily that I wasn't large, just thick and curvy because I carried it so well. [ I was into sports.] Time skip that by four years and I graduated a little at 260, feeling fat and depressed, add a few trials and here I am at 290, ready to make a change.
4. What kind of methods of weight loss have you tried? I can't say I tried everything, but then again I can. Did I do it correctly? Perhaps. Did I stay consistent? No and that's what I'm aiming to change. 
5. What has worked as far as diets for you? Consistency and balance. Sometimes I wish I was a recovering ana, at least then I'd be thinner, but I can't stay in an emotional destroyed state of mind like that. Beauty over death sort of approach has never worked, sometimes I am happy with who I am, other times I'm desperate to change. Portion control and moderate exercise has done wonders, even emotionally, so I have to say this was the best method of choice.
6. How old are you? I am 22 years old, but on January 25th, I'll be 23.
7. Have any good recipes? I do actually, one that involves a crock pot and time.
1 head of cabbage [ a must ]
2 cans of HUNTS whole tomatoes - don't buy generic store, it taste like metal.
Any and all vegetables, best ones are green bell peppers, diced and de-seeded, along with squash. Your choice.
1 marrow bone OR steak bone, no meet, maybe a little.

Boil your bone in water, about half a pot [ a large pot, we're making soup ] until its dry, leave the bone in. Add your vegetables and cabbage and bring them to a boil, then transfer to a crockpot. Add whole cans of tomatoes and cook at a low temp, then eat. Leave temp around low to medium. You can eat as much as you want and wont gain anything, nothing - why? It's all vegetables. 

Note * Add a small can of whole tomatoes if more texture is needed [i.e. you used too much water] this is delicious, I really recommend those that want to try a clean fast before dieting.
8. What are you hoping to get out of this community? Other people's inspiration and involvement, a sort of, if you can do it, I can do it.
9. Do you want to add something? These things take time, shame and failure happens, even to me, but never give up on yourself.
10. What is your Livejournal name? mintygirl21 - feel free to Friend request me, my journal is a weight loss one and I enjoy company and friendly people!
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(no subject) [Dec. 20th, 2010|01:41 pm]
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[mood |crazycrazy]
[music |Slow Burn-Atreyu]

It's been a while since I've posted, because I completely forgot about live journal. I've been on My Fitness Pal, which is amazing! You all should get an account on there. It's free too. Well anyways, I am down to 268.8 pounds. So about 2.8 pounds lost from my last post. It would've been more, but i had shot back up to  273 pounds. On a good note I am fasting today. On a bad note I am going to Reno for 2-3 days and will have lots of restraunts tempting me. Wish me luck! Also welcome to our new member!
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